Turkish police detain PKK member suspected of murdering village chief

PKK member suspected of village chief’s death detained in Turkey’s southeastern province Siirt

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish police have located and detained one of the suspects alleged of being a member of outlawed PKK that murdered  a village chief in Siirt on May 7.

Chief of Baggoze village in Siirt Mustafa Turhan, 42, was found shot dead by a long barrelled weapon early in the morning on April 29.

Police discovered a rented car had followed Turhan while investigating the surveillance records of the city, and accessed the information on the car that followed Turhan from the renter.

The suspect Abdulkerim Erdogan who rented the car that followed Turhan, was located due to his mobile’s signal and detained by police.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU, and is  mostly active in the southeastern provinces of Turkey.

Suspicion over the incident increased as it occurred after the  the visit of a governor and military officer to the village the same night.

Turhan had welcomed and hosted the visitors, Siirt Governor Mustafa Tutulmaz and Military Officer Captain Senol Yeloglu, which is reported to have drawn the ire of the PKK.

Tutulmaz  discussed the problems of the village arising from frequent power outages.

The governor condolences to Turhan’s family and stated “The security forces are investigating terrorism links and judicial details.”

Police are searching for other suspects.

TRTWorld and agencies